Following strong reviews and an incredible $193.4 million box office return (On an estimated $20 million budget), a sequel to the 2019 film continuation of the hit British drama series Downton Abbey was inevitable. But with almost no word of movement on the sequel since it was briefly talked about after the first film came out, it's almost shocking to find out today that the sequel is not only officially coming, but will land in theaters this holiday season with a release date of December 22nd.
While Michael Engler, who directed several episodes of the show, was at the helm for the first film, Simon Curtis has been confirmed to be directing the sequel. Curtis is perhaps best known for his 2011 film My Week with Marilyn though he more recently directed 2017's Goodbye Christopher Robin and 2019's The Art of Racing in the Rain. Series creator Julian Fellowes will once again solely write the script.
Filming only began last week, but the first film actually managed to film relatively quickly from August 18th to November 18th of 2018 with the September 2019 release date being only because it was considered best suited as a Fall release. So, with that in mind, the sequel will most likely complete filming by September with more than three months to edit the project before it's expected December release. And given that the original principal cast is back, it's clear there is a natural flow that allowed the first film to be completed so relatively fast.
Once again, Focus Features will distribute the film while co-producing alongside Carnival Films. Liz Trubridge, a producer from the first film, will return as a producer for the sequel. In addition to the principal original cast returning, it was also announced that Hugh Dancy, Dominic West, Laura Haddock, and Nathalie Baye will join the cast. Stay tuned!